In June 2018, the joint council for qualifications (JCQ) announced it was to launch an Independent Malpractice Commission chaired by Sir John Dunford. The National Governance Association’s chief executive, Emma Knights, will also sit on the commission which will consider malpractice in both general and vocational assessments, with a final report expected in spring 2019.
The commission has put out a call for evidence, and are inviting people to contribute their experience of the “nature, extent and drivers of malpractice both in the general and vocational examinations system”. To access the online call for evidence please click here or, alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses to the call for evidence should be submitted by 12:00 noon on Monday 18 March 2019.
Exam malpractice is a rising concern for schools, and this work ties into the Ethical Leadership Commission that National Governance Association’s chief executiveEmma Knights also sat on last year. Whilst schools are reacting to a changing exam landscape, with more technologies and a wide range of exam centres, the malpractice commission is hoping to future proof the exam system.
Governors and trustees are expected to understand performance, but also ensure that schools continue to behave ethically, and the views of those governing would be deeply beneficial to the commission.